“Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.”
“A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.”
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
“Beauty isn’t worth thinking about; what’s important is your mind. You don’t want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.”
“Librarians…possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God’s green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth-breather there is.”
- Born: 7 August 1942
- Birthplace: Anoka, Minnesota
- Best Known As: The host of radio’s A Prairie Home Companion
Garrison Keillor is an author, storyteller, humorist, and creator of the weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion. The show began in 1974 as a live variety show on Minnesota Public Radio. In the 1980s A Prairie Home Companion became a pop culture phenomenon, with millions of Americans listening to Keillor’s folksy tales of life in the fictional Midwestern town of Lake Wobegon, where (in Keillor’s words) “the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all of the children are above average.” Keillor ended the show in 1987, and 1989 began a similar new radio show titled American Radio Company of the Air. In 1993 he returned the show to its original name. Keillor also created the syndicated daily radio feature A Writer’s Almanac in 1993. He has written for The New Yorker and is the author of several books, including Happy to Be Here (1990), Leaving Home (1992), Lake Wobegon Days (1995), and Good Poems for Hard Times (2005). His radio show inspired a 2006 movie, A Prairie Home Companion, written by and starring Keillor and directed by Robert Altman.
Keillor graduated from the University of Minneosta in 1966… His signature sign-off on The Writer’s Almanac is “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch”… A Prairie Home Companion was Altman’s last film; he died later that year. The film also starred Meryl Streep and Lindsay Lohan.
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